Diploma of Agriculture

Course Code AHC50116
Locations Colac, Glenormiston
Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 2 years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable 1 day a week plus online study
Classes run on Fridays at Glenormiston
Course Overview

Agriculture is 60% of the regional economy of South West Victoria, the need for qualified staff is growing and SWTAFE graduates are in demand from farms to agricultural service providers.

This qualification is suitable for personnel working on farms who currently or aim to manage farm enterprise production. It is also suitable to employees and operators of agribusinesses who provide advice and services to production enterprises on cropping, pasture, livestock or business management.  The subject choices allow you to focus on a specific area of expertise you require whether it is animal health and production, business management or agronomic practices around plant nutrition, soils and weed, pest and disease management.

People who complete this qualification will have developed valuable skills to run a property or provide advice to property managers.

You study online and participate in class sessions (1-3 days for each unit) when the unit is on offer. These classes or workshops are held at Sherwood Park, Warrnambool or Glenormiston or Colac depending on the unit. These in class and on-farm workshops allow experts in the industry to reinforce the subject content in a practical environment.

What will I Learn?

You will learn a variety of agricultural skills selecting from subjects such as

  • plant nutrition
  • soils and weed
  • pest and disease management
  • livestock production breeding and monitoring
  • whole farm and business planning
  • managing staff, business finances and infrastructure maintenance 

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Farm Owner/Manager
  • Consultant
  • Agricultural Sales/Marketing
  • Agronomist


This course may offer a pathway to further study in agribusiness.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

  • You should have VCE or have an equivalent qualification.
  • Mature aged candidates with industry experience are also encouraged to apply.

You must have experience in the agricultural industry and a basic knowledge of agricultural production including experience with managing pasture/crops and managing weeds, pests, and diseases. This may include:

  • working on a farm for more than 2 years or currently farming commercially, or
  • having a Certificate qualification or higher in Agriculture or a similar qualification, or
  • currently or previously providing agricultural advise to farmers on plant nutrition and fertiliser application for grain, pasture and fodder crops, appropriate crop varieties, crop rotations, weed, pest and disease management and effective soil testing as a paid or self-employed position.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 10 units.

Units offered

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCAGB505 Develop a whole farm plan 120 $0.00
AHCBAC503 Manage integrated crop and pasture production 120 $0.00
AHCBAC505 Plan and manage long-term weed, pest or disease control in crops 130 $0.00
AHCBAC508 Apply plant biology to agronomic practices 90 $0.00
AHCBUS501 Manage staff 140 $0.00
AHCBUS502 Market products and services 120 $0.00
AHCBUS506 Develop and review a business plan 150 $0.00
AHCBUS507 Monitor and review business performance 120 $0.00
AHCBUS508 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports 140 $0.00
AHCLSK501 Manage livestock production 180 $0.00
AHCLSK503 Develop and implement a breeding strategy 160 $0.00
AHCPCM402 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program 90 $0.00
AHCSOL502 Manage soils to enhance sustainability 100 $0.00
AHCWRK502 Collect and manage data 120 $0.00
AHCWRK503 Prepare reports 60 $0.00
Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.


This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $12,380.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $19,665.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $75.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay. Final costs will be determined at enrolment.  

Which fee applies to me?

Skills First Exemptions
Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills First funding gives you greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

The good news is, that there are now a reduced number of criteria for you to meet in order to be eligible for a Government subsidy. If you don’t meet those criteria you will be a full fee paying student.

Government Subsidised Fee
You meet all Skills First eligibility criteria but DO NOT hold a current healthcare or pension card, OR you are eligible for a Skills First exemption.

Concession Fee
You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to

note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee
Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

Check your fees eligibility here.

How do I pay my fees?

Unless an alternative fee payment method is approved, your course fees are required to be paid upfront and in full at the time of enrolment.  If your personal circumstances mean that payment in full is not possible, then you may be able to pay your fees by

  • Payment Plan
  • Centre Pay
  • VET Student Loan (Diploma & Advanced Diploma only)

SWTAFE offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with enrolment fees.

Next Steps
Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.